AS QPR FC Women rounded off their pre-season campaign on Sunday, manager Steve Quashie was delighted with what he views as a very successful summer for the R’s.
Rangers hosted Leyton Orient in their final game, in preparation for the league opener against Eastbourne Town next weekend and a comfortable 2-0 victory over the O’s, thanks to strikes from Ellie Searle and Milly Cutler sealed what has been the perfect preparation for Quashie’s side.
“Pre-season has been very impressive and I am a happy man,” the QPR boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “If you look at what the players have experienced over the last few months and the way we have had to prepare for the new campaign, it was always going to be difficult, but we have come out of it much stronger.
“The introduction of many new players, having to adapt to being back in football again, the learning environment, the playing environment and then to finish this pre-season with some impressive performances against some top teams, I am very pleased with everyone involved.
“We are in a great place, I am delighted. Upon reflection with our game play and the level of intensity in our training sessions, I am so pleased. The players have come back with such an openness to new ideas and they have really become a well-rounded squad.
“Obviously we have to maintain these levels of enthusiasm, professionalism and performances. But we have a special group of players here and they want to play football for the right reasons.
“They buy into our philosophy, into our club ethos, they want to get the ball down and play and that’s what we do at QPR. In all our pre-season friendlies, we have demonstrated some great game play and we look really strong.”
Last summer, Quashie’s newly formed QPR FC Women’s side faced Leyton Orient in a similar pre-season friendly, a game which saw the O’s run out 4-0 winners and the R’s boss was keen to highlight how far his side has come in just a year.
“If you look at where we are now compared to this time last year, my word, we are worlds apart. The first time we played them we lost heavily, then we played them for a second time at Christmas and we had closed the gap somewhat.
“But today’s performance really showed how far we have come as a football club, we played to our strengths, reinforced our principles and in the second half we dominated play.”
Attention now finally switches to league action, where the R’s travel to Eastbourne Town for their first competitive fixture of the season and Quashie can’t wait for what is in store this year.
“Everything is all in place now, we face Eastbourne and we know we need to be careful, the players have been honest and know that our level of performances against the lesser teams in our division wasn’t quite good enough last season.
“We know Eastbourne will play a more direct type of football, it will be a different type of game than we have faced in pre-season, they will play to their strengths, but we just need to make sure that we are fully tuned into the game, asses their threats and most importantly remember what we have achieved so far, as a QPR supporter and manager of this Women’s team I am really looking forward to the new season.”
"As a QPR supporter and manager of this Women’s team I am really looking forward to the new season.”